New hotel deals this month

Starting with the just-announced, these hotel deals from Hotels.com expire at the end of January 2012:

New: New Orleans hotels from $99/night

New: Orlando hotels from $63/night

New: Denver hotels from $55/night

New: San Francisco hotels starting at $55/night

New: Miami hotels starting at $65/night

New: Barcelona hotels starting at $59/night

Ongoing: Save up to 30% on New York hotels. Expires 1/16/12 (Tip: rooms at Park Central New York Hotel on 7th Ave.between 55th & 56th St. start at $117/night)


New Year, New Deals - Save up to 30% at hotels.com! Expires 1/30/12

Free seats on MegaBus

MegaBus is giving away 20,000 free seats for travel in January and February. Here’s the deets:

WHERE: MegaBus travels from New York City to Baltimore, Boston, NYC, Washington DC, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Pittsburgh, Albany, Amherst, Atlantic City, Binghamton, Hartford, Holyoke, Providence, State College, Syracuse, Rochester, Storrs and Toronto

WHEN: Valid for travel between January 4 and March 1, 2012

DEAL: When you book your seats on MegaBus, use the promo code GOFREE

Best hotel deals for the holidays

[UPDATE: December 8, 2011]

It’s not always easy to book a hotel in the Big Apple during the holiday crush, but here are a few nice stays that are actually offering discounts right now. Most are an easy walk from the holiday action – the big tree and ice skaters at Rockefeller Center, Broadway shows, window displays along 5th Avenue – but a few are a bit further downtown, where you can get away from the crowds when you’re ready and explore another, funkier side of the city.

BEST DEALS UNDER $200

Hampton Inn Manhattan – Soho, 54 Watts Street, near the galleries and shops of Soho, nicely-designed rooms with free wifi and coffeemakers, on-site bar/lounge, starting at $139/night on Quikbook.

Hilton Times Square, 234 W. 42 St., starting at $152/night on Priceline

Unnamed 4-star hotel on the west side of Times Square, starting at $159 on Quikbook.

BEST DEALS UNDER $250

Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, just on Central Park South near the theater district and 5th Avenue shopping district. Starting at $200/night on QuikBook.

Waldorf-Astoria, this landmark 4-star hotel in Midtown East at 301 Park Avenue is offering rooms starting at $229 on Priceline.

For more hotel deals, visit Save on New York City.

Deals on hotels in NYC for the holidays

Hotel Plaza Athenee

It’s not always easy to book a hotel room in NYC during the holiday crush, but here are a few nice stays that are actually offering discounts right now.

BEST DEAL ON LUXURY

Hotel Plaza Athenee if you’re in the mood for a splurge. A 5-star boutique between Park & Fifth avenues on the Upper East Side (64th Street). Hotels.com is offering it for $556 ($140 off).

Omni Berkshire Palace, at Madison & 5th Ave., you’re in upscale shopping central, Radio City Music Hall and Central Park: starting at $458 on hotels.com.


Nolitan Hotel

BEST DEAL UNDER $300

Nolitan Hotel, a luxury 4-star boutique hotel in the Nolitan neighborhood downtown, hip and contemporary like the neighborhood itself, starting at $295/night on Quickbook.

Unnamed 4-star modern boutique hotel in the theatre district of Midtown West, offered by Quickbook for $249, ($90 off current rates) including continental breakfast.

Sancturary Hotel, just off Broadway and the theater district. Starting at $299/night on QuikBook, $255/night for longer stays.

The Stay Hotel

BEST DEALS UNDER $200

Stay Hotel, whimsically designed, art-filled boutique hotel at 47th & 7th Ave., near Times Square and Rockefeller Center. Rooms start at $179 on QuikBook.

Flatiron Hotel (9 W. 26th St.) is in Midtown’s Flatiron District, not far from the Empire State Building, Penn Station/Madison Square Garden, and the galleries of the Chelsea neighborhood. Funky chic with a cylindrical aquarium in the lobby. Rooms start at $150 on Quikbook.

BEST DEAL UNDER $100

DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Lee at the George Washington Bridge, just outside the city, with guest shuttle service that takes you into midtown (for a surgcharge) eight times a day. Two restaurants on-site. You can’t beat this price, especially during the holiday season: $89 if you book through hotels.com.